Oh. My. Goodness. So this is a little crazy.
Where to start with wedding planning?
As most of you know, Nick and I have been together for 9 years now – that’s almost a decade you guys – I had obviously kind of given up on him ever proposing years ago. So, when it happened on a family holiday in Fiji back in October last year, I was over the moon (and pretty damn shocked haha!) If you want to read more about how the proposal happened, you can read that here! We got home and life started back up again – I got immersed in documenting all my JFL couples wedding days and kind of forgot to even think about planning our own! But when everyone kept asking us for details again & again, we thought we had better start thinking about it. SO, over Christmas we made a plan to carve out some time to have the wedding talk. You know the one, were you chat about what you actually might want and figure out whether we even want the same thing… when we want it and if we can even afford it. It was a big talk.
Luckily, I discovered that Nick didn’t really mind what we did – he was just impatient for me to officially become a ‘Kelly’ and wanted it to happen sooner rather than later – which we both totally agreed on (I’ve secretly been using “Kylie Kelly” in my email signature for months now, ever since he proposed, so I’m pretty impatient too!) So, we pulled out the calendar to see when might work – and then paused. You see, when you’re a wedding photographer, there aren’t that many free weekends that you can use for your own wedding – I discovered that there is one weekend in late October and a few free in December, but that was pretty much it. However, after realising how much I sweat during summer (you guys this year has been awful!) I was adamant that I didn’t want to get married in December and risk being a sweaty mess on our wedding day – I’m pretty sure no amount of hairspray and primer could stop this sweat train. SO… there we have it. October 26 this year is the date we’ll become a married couple. HOLY. SHITBALLS.
The next step in our ‘planning a wedding game plan’ was to get in touch with all the vendors I knew I must have for our special day… I must admit, that’s where I’m so grateful for working in this beautiful industry. I know some SUPER talented people and instantly knew who I wanted to ask to be a part of our wedding team. Seriously, if they were already booked on the 26th of October, I would have told Nick we’d have to wait until 2020 to marry because you guys, not having them as a part of our wedding day would have been a deal breaker. Seriously. Here’s a look at the vendors I’m talking about:
Kaitlin Maree Photography: If you guys have been following me on Instagram, you would have seen plenty of Kaitlin’s gorgeous photos in my feed (and they are on this page too!) She takes all of our family photos, she’s taken my maternity photos and now I’m super excited to say, she’ll be taking our wedding photos as well! Not only is she super talented, she’s also the sweetest girl I think I’ve ever met and I’m so lucky to have her as a friend too. I find it a little funny that this was the easiest decision ever – everyone always comments when they find out I’m engaged that it’s going to be so hard for me to trust a photographer to capture it for us – but thanks to Kaitlin, it was the total opposite!
This is one of my faves she’s taken of us on our maternity session a few years ago:
Fable House Films: I’ve known Shona & Cass that run Fable House Films for years now – we first met at a wedding we were working together and I instantly clicked with them both. They are so lovely and really talented, producing beautiful wedding films whilst remaining unobtrusive and super relaxed. Over the years we’ve shared stories about kids, work, life and love – and they even documented my sisters wedding a couple years ago – so asking them to film our wedding day was a bit of a no brainer! I’m so excited for them to be there to film our wedding day and hang out with us. It’s going to be a great excuse for a catch up too!
Sarah May Alexander: I don’t even know where to start with Sarah. She’s one of those people that you just feel at ease with the second you meet her. I can’t remember where we were when we met for the first time (it was at a wedding – but it was at the very start of my career – years ago!) I do remember raving about her for weeks afterwards – and wishing we’d become friends. Luckily, my wish came true and whilst I don’t get to see her as much as I’d like – thanks to mum life – I respect and admire her so much. I think choosing a celebrant is one of the hardest decisions to make – as they really set the tone of the ceremony and she will be responsible for actually making Nick & I, husband and wife… that’s huge you guys – but I know that Sarah will do such a great job and I’m almost as excited to see her at the end of the aisle as I am Nick. Almost.
p.s Look at how gorgeous she is, what a stunner right?!
Inspired By Love Events: Lastly, I have to mention Gemma from Inspired By Love Events. Honestly, this woman does it all. I also met her years ago when we were working on a wedding together and I remember being in awe at how much she was responsible for. She was setting up the ceremony, she had created all of the bouquets, buttonholes and ceremony florals for the day, she was going to be setting up the reception – she was in control of it all. Since then, we have worked on countless other weddings together and again and again, she continues to leave me speechless. I know with her on my team, not only will I have a killer bouquet (which is important to me – I think I was a florist in another life), she will also make the ceremony space look extra beautiful!
So, there you have it. My dream team and they are all available and excited to work on our wedding day with us! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world… so the next step is working out where we will get married. Stay tuned for the next chapter in our little wedding planning adventure you guys, followed closely by wedding dress shopping! I can’t wait to share more with you!
If you have any advice or just want to leave me an encouraging comment, I’d honestly love that more than you’d know! I need all the encouragement I can get – this is all pretty overwhelming haha